Indianapolis: Ken Schrader race report

BAM RACING AND KEN SCHRADER REUNITE WITH SUCCESSFUL RESULTS AT INDY Team and former driver qualify on time at speedway; Schrader captures 25th place finish for team INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. (July 30, 2007) -- This weekend was a nostalgic reunion...

BAM RACING AND KEN SCHRADER REUNITE WITH SUCCESSFUL RESULTS AT INDY
Team and former driver qualify on time at speedway; Schrader captures 25th place finish for team

INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. (July 30, 2007) -- This weekend was a nostalgic reunion for the BAM Racing team at the famed Indianapolis Motor Speedway. The team welcomed the return of former driver Ken Schrader for the Allstate 400 at the Brickyard as well as crew chief Dean Johnson and specialist David Hyder. The trio raced together for BAM Racing in 2004 and 2005. With 49 competitive teams on the entry list, Schrader piloted the No. 49 Dodge to a 36th place starting position for one of the biggest races of the season and avoided trouble on the track to capture an impressive 25th place finish.

After Friday's practice sessions were cancelled due to rain, the NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series held an extended practice session as well as qualifying on Saturday. In practice, Schrader posted a fast lap time of 49.799 seconds at a speed of 180.727 miles per hour placing him in the 34th position overall. During qualifying, Schrader was the 44th competitor to take the track. He posted a fast lap time of 49.862 seconds at a speed of 180.498 miles per hour. The effort was fast enough to secure the team a 36th place starting position for the race on Sunday.

As racing action was set to begin before an estimated crowd of 270,000 fans, team owner Beth Ann Morgenthau and Schrader embraced in an understanding of the significance of racing at Indianapolis Motor Speedway.

After 10 laps, Schrader radioed the team with an update on the Paralyzed Veterans Dodge. "It's tight off but not bad," he said. "It doesn't slow down when I get up on someone."

The first of nine cautions of the race came out on lap 14. Schrader brought the No. 49 Dodge to pit road for four tires and fuel. He restarted the race in the 38th position.

Schrader reported that car was still not slowing down when on the brakes laps later. "I can't really be aggressive and race these guys because the car won't stop," he radioed.

"Is it bad enough that you want to take it to the garage?" asked Johnson.

"No, sir. I know what to do here," replied Schrader. "We need to finish this race and not wreck. In the end, we'll have a good finish."

A series of cautions ensued during the first half of the race with the BAM Racing team continually working to improve the racecar.

By the mid-point of the race, Schrader was running in the 27th position on the lead lap. He radioed that the car was loose getting into the corners and tight on exit.

When the caution came out on lap 91, the team opted to pit for four tires, fuel and a spring rubber was inserted into the left rear spring. Schrader restarted the race on lap 98 in 28th place.

With 50 laps to go, Schrader had worked his way into the top-20 running in the 20th position. After a caution-filled first half of the race, the field had settled down and the crowd witnessed an exciting race at the famed Brickyard.

"We've received a lot of gifts today," radioed Schrader. "I'm not going to throw this race away by getting caught up in any trouble."

Schrader stayed on track and out of trouble for the remainder of the race capturing an impressive 25th place finish for the team.

"I've raced at Indy with Beth Ann and BAM Racing in the past and each time was very special," said Schrader. "This is Beth Ann's favorite track and it means so much to the team to compete here. I'm thankful to team for letting me return for this race and am very proud of the effort we gave today."

The NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series heads to Pocono Raceway for the excitement of the Pennsylvania 500. The race will air on ESPN at 1:00 p.m. EDT and will broadcast live on MRN.

-credit: bam

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